The most dedicated of these individuals serve on the Executive Committee. Their contributions to the future of our program are the most valuable and honored assets of the organization.
Advisory Board – Executive Committee
Advisory Board – Directors and Key Members-at-Large
As part of a lifelong passion for art and education, Judy Holm has been immersed in the world of art fairs, biennials, galleries and museums for several decades.
Ms. Holm’s background includes twenty-five years of experience in arts and culture, direction of more than 60 art installations and 600 cultural events throughout the United States and Europe. Her career and education span fine art, opera, symphony, ballet, literature and film.
Founder of the Global Fine Art Awards, and director of the program for the past five years, she presides over the Advisory Board members and the Judges. GFAA has grown more than 100% each year since its inception, reviews over 2,000 exhibitions and installations every year, and has a team of forty researchers, judges and advisory board members from twenty countries on four continents. Recent highlights include developing cultural collaborations with Frieze, The Armory, and Masterpiece Fair.
Additionally, she developed an Art Concierge business in Venice, Italy for the Biennale 2011, and continues to consult with private art clients internationally. She served as Vice-Chair for the Miami Beach Chamber’s Arts and Culture Council from 2011 to 2014, and was the founding editor of the bi-weekly column Arts and Culture (PRE)View – (RE)View for the Miami Beach newspaper.
Previously, for fifteen years she worked with major financial institutions creating marketing programs and events integrating art, culture and education for Wells Fargo, Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and Citibank.
A native of San Francisco, currently residing in New York, she also worked in Paris, Venice and Miami. Ms. Holm received bachelor’s degrees with honors in Economics and French Literature from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from l’Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).
Mr. Watson is a senior business executive with over twenty-five years of experience. During his career, he has been CEO for five companies and Chief Marketing Officer for four organizations. He founded and led several digital and general market advertising agencies. He also created and exited six successful marketing driven organizations. His career spans multiple sectors including Travel, FinTech, Legal and Healthcare, with a passion for helping all early stage companies achieve high growth.
Originally from New Hampshire, Watson holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Boston College and currently resides in Miami.
Courtney Maier Burbela, GFAA Director of Partnerships and Sponsorships
Courtney Maier Burbela has specialized in marketing fine art organizations for nearly thirty years. Both strategic and creative, Ms. Burbela builds brands, fosters partnerships and stimulates business. She has worked both internally and as a consultant with galleries, auction houses and fine art logistics organizations to introduce new avenues of business through strategic alliances and partnerships.
She is currently based in the New York area and specializes in marketing and strategic partnerships at SRI Fine Art Services, a full-spectrum art logistics company.
Ms. Burbela is a graduate of Foxcroft School and holds a BA from Lehigh University, where she majored in Art History and Painting.
Interested in the field of marketing and consumer behavior from an early age, Ms. Francis received her MA in Cultural Leadership and Policy Management at City University in London; and has held senior marketing roles in major museums across three continents.
Most recently, Ms. Francis served as the Director, Marketing, Communication and Visitor Services at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where she was responsible for the successful launch of the museum, its media relations, global exposure, agency and community liaison nationally and internationally; audience growth, philanthropy and income generation.
Previously, she was the Executive Director, Marketing and Communications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In this role, Ms. Francis led the strategy and implementation of integrated marketing, communications, media relations, public relations, brand and corporate identity, digital marketing, social media, tourism, ‘tone of voice’, creative, data analysis, forecasting and audience development.
For a long period in her career, Ms. Francis worked as Head of Press and Marketing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. While at RA, she was in charge of marketing and communications activities for over 50 major exhibitions including blockbusters such as: David Hockney, Van Gogh, Anish Kapoor, Byzantium, From Russia, Summer Exhibition, China, Turks, Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection; coordinated public affairs issues and crisis management. She developed the ongoing annual BBC television documentary for the Summer Exhibition, which helped revive and reposition the RA’s public perception; changed the audience demographic, increased sales of artwork, public submissions and visitor figures.
She was also the Public Relations Executive at London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association; Head of Media Relations at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Head of Media Relations at the Royal College of Art; and, Director of Communication at the Drum Art Center; in addition to providing consulting services to a number of high profile organizations in Great Britain including the London Tourist Board and Royal Opera House.
Ms. Francis has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Drexel University; and served on several Boards including ICOM-US, Art-Table National, Philadelphia Arts and Business Council, Fleisher Arts Memorial (UK). She has been a member of Member Arts Council of England – London Regional Council and the National Consumer Council (UK).
Eli Klein, Contemporary Chinese Art expert and gallery owner, GFAA Art Liaison Committee
Eli Klein is a renowned expert in Chinese contemporary art. His gallery has been instrumental in the loan of artwork by Chinese artists to over 100 museum exhibitions throughout the world, has published more than 40 books, and Klein has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, and has been on CNN and countless other international broadcasts and publications.
His ran his first Gallery in SoHo between 2007 and 2013. During these formative years, the gallery established a reputation for introducing to the West fresh, contemporary, and often challenging works by rising Chinese talents. In 2013, the Gallery relocated to Chelsea to accommodate increasingly ambitious large-scale projects and the visions of its artists. In the same year, Klein partnered with collaborator Shanna Sun to form Klein Sun Gallery. In 2018, Klein opened a new location in the West Village, just blocks from the Whitney Museum and the commencement point for the High Line. This new space is in a historic, landmarked Federal-style row house carrying special cultural and aesthetic value to the City of New York. The Gallery’s name has transitioned from Klein Sun to Eli Klein.
As America’s leading dealer of Chinese contemporary art, Eli Klein has traveled to China more than thirty times for artist research and actively promotes cross cultural awareness amongst the some of the world’s most influential nations.
A native New Yorker, Klein attended Stuyvesant high school and spent a year studying in Hong Kong. He received a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation, he enrolled in The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, but ultimately decided to pursue his lifelong passion for Contemporary Art.
Kimberly Lin, GFAA Art Research Committee Chair and GFAA Digital Committee
Kimberly Lin received a BA in Art History with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she has a degree in fashion design from the Los Angeles campus at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and completed the program in Post War Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London.
She worked at Art Network Services in Tokyo for Japanese corporate and private clients and helped to bring live art auctions to Tokyo via satellite. Currently, she is Board member of the Magical Bridge foundation in Palo Alto which has built one of the first innovative inclusive playgrounds for children in the Bay Area and helps to support and design similar projects.
A collector of art and photography, Kimberly is an active museum attendee and an avid golfer.
A native and current resident of Palo Alto, California, Kimberly previously lived with her family in New York, London and also resided in Tokyo for nine years.
Ekaterina Luki, GFAA Art Liaison Committee Chair
Originally from Odessa in the Ukraine, Ekaterina Luki currently resides in London, after living for many years in New York.
Ms. Luki studied Modern and Contemporary Art with Christies in London. She also studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mechnikov in Odessa.
She has a deep arts background with over fifteen years of experience of the global art market, as both program producer and curator. In addition to independent projects working with artists and cultural organizations throughout Europe, Ekaterina is the Eastern Europe Director at Beyond Entropy. The company was founded by GFAA Advisory Board member, and Art Liaison Stefano Rabolli Pansera in 2009 as a collaborative practice operating public-private partnerships globally. Entropy Ltd operates at the intersection between art, architecture, and geopolitics focusing on the notion of energy influencing form. Projects vary from art installations, to architectural master-planning, to public relations.
Edie Meyer, GFAA Art Liaison Committee Co-Chair and Marketing Committee
Edie Meyer, a native New Yorker hailing from Long Island, currently heads the US Business Development for Vastari. Vastari, a London-based technology company that connects private art collections with museum curators in order to facilitate art loans, is also the presenter of GFAA’s Youniversal Award.
She began her career in marketing at The New Yorker magazine and subsequently worked for a number of technology start-ups. Ms. Meyer previously lived in London for nine years, specializing in Business Development for several art media companies including Art Asia Pacific Magazine, Louise Blouin Media and Art World magazine.
Ms. Meyer has a BA from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fordham University. She is on the boards of the Queens Botanical Gardens and The Waterfront Center, and an active member of ArtTable and POWarts.
Baki Mumkaya, GFAA Digital Marketing Committee Chair
Baki Mumkaya, a native of Turkey, is a New York-based multi-disciplinary designer. Currently, Mr. Mumkaya is Head of User Experience at New York Life Ventures with a focus on digital products. Previously, he art directed and designed visual graphics for the PBS television Series, Finding your roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. His career spans a variety of media and creative projects for clients including AIG, Autodesk, IBM, XDEA Architects, RDG Foundation, and ARE Set & Interior Design.
Before moving to New York City, he worked as the Creative Director at Kyrenia American University in Cyprus where he managed creative initiatives across the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Since 2014, he has also served on the Board of the National Kidney Foundation.
Mr. Mumkaya holds a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School for Design, BSc in Management Information Systems from Kyrenia American University in Cyprus and a BA in Business from Gazi University in Turkey.
Salwa Mikdadi, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison
Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor, Practice of Art History, NYU Abu Dhabi, specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. Prior to joining the NYUAD, Mikdadi worked at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority where she established the professional development program for museum professionals including a customized executive program (2012 – 2014) and was a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in the postgraduate program – History of Art and Museum Studies (2010-May 2014).
Mikdadi was the Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi (2009-2012). She wrote the reference guide on the history of the twentieth-century art of West Asia, North Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline web pages and is the editor and co-editors of several publications on the subject. She conducted research in Jordan, the West Bank, UAE, Syria and Lebanon on the governance and management of museums and art institutions. Mikdadi was the founding director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA (1988-2006). She curated several exhibitions in the US and in Arab countries, including the ground-breaking Forces of Change (1994) and the first Palestinian Exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and recently co-curated Permanent Temporariness at NYUAD Gallery (2018). She is the author and co-editor of several publications, among them Cities and Legends: Elias Zayat (Skira 2017), New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art of the 21st Century(co-editor with Nada Shabout, Thames & Hudson 2009), Palestine c/o Venice (2009), In/Visible: Arab American Artists (2005), Rhythm and Form: Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry (1998) and Forces of Change (1994).
She was the co-founder and director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and exhibit of art of the Arab world in the United States (1988-2006). Mikdadi is a founding board member of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran and Turkey.
She received her B.A. from the American University of Beirut; and M.A. from J. F. Kennedy University
Desiree F. Moore is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm K&L Gates LLP. Ms. Moore is commercial litigator, with a focus on Intellectual Property, Social Media, and Art Law related matters. Ms. Moore is the founder and co-chair of the firm’s Social Media and the Law practice group, as well as the firm’s Middle East Art Law representative.
Ms. Moore has successfully represented visual artists, major Hollywood producers, international media conglomerates, theater/dance companies, and other creative industry clients, both in pre-dispute counseling and in active litigation in state and federal courts across the United States. Ms. Moore regularly writes and lectures on various legal topics, including social media and the law and the intersection of art and law.
Ms. Moore is the author of the American Bar Association bestselling book, Thrive – A New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice. She is also an adjunct professor of practical skills training at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has lectured at law schools throughout the United States and Qatar on best litigation practices, legal writing, and other practitioner skills.
Ms. Moore is actively involved in the Chicago and Doha offices’ Women in the Profession group and spearheads the Women’s Mastermind program, which supports the business development goals of women associates and partners.
Ms. Moore graduated from the University of California San Diego magna cum laude with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theater/Dance. In law school, Ms. Moore was the Conference Editor of the Loyola Law Journal, the Student Bar Association President, an academic tutor, and the Joan Marie Corboy Scholarship Recipient (2005). Ms. Moore speaks conversational Italian and Spanish.
Ty Murphy, GFAA Advisory Board, UK Chair
Ty is a Family Office advisor and consultant. He is the Publisher of Family Office Elite Magazine (a GFAA media partner and sponsor) and also of his latest endeavour, Art & Museums Magazine.
Ty has many other business interests including in DOMOS Fine Art which sources Picasso art for Family Office clients. His non-profit work includes work with BAFTA where he sat on the management committee for two years. He also founded UFFO the Universal Film & Festival Organization which promotes best business practices to the industry, UFFO has 240 Film Festival members.
Deborah Najar, GFAA Art Liaison Committee
Deborah is the Founder of the JPNF (Jean-Paul Najar Foundation), a museum for Contemporary Art located in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. Among the first non-profits in the UAE, the JPNF came about as a partnership with Alserkal Avenue, from a desire to offer a diverse artistic experience, with strong emphasis on patronage, archives and western abstraction. Two years and eight exhibitions later, Deborah and her team pride themselves in curating a mixture of solo and group shows, publishing catalogues and hosting rich public programs for all audiences. Prior to this, she was the Middle East Representative for Bonhams, and the General Manager of De Beers Middle East. Deborah sits on the board of the Gstaad New Year’s Music Festival and heads up the Global Private Museum Network. She arrived in Dubai in 2004, is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and speaks four languages.
Andrew Nicolls, GFAA Special Advisor and PR Director
Co-Founder and CEO of Copperfield Advisory, Andrew previously served as a strategic communications advisor to several financial services organizations working out of London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, and Limassol. His clients have included, KKR, State Street, JP Morgan, Accor, Thomson Reuters and Sir Robert McAlpine.
Prior to this, Andrew was Vice Chairman of Hudson Sandler, one of the UK’s most established PR agencies, where he led the new business function and directed the firm’s work on behalf of financial services clients. Andrew also oversaw all international activity the firm conducted with clients and agencies and established the Hong Kong office, serving as its Chairman.
In 1998, Andrew co-founded what became the UK’s leading specialist PR agency, Penrose, focused on advising financial services companies. Penrose was sold to the Engine Group in 2010 and merged with two other agencies to become MHP, one of the UK’s largest independent PR companies.
Before going into communications, Andrew worked in The City of London, initially as a Jobber for Wedd Durlacher Mordaunt, which subsequently became BZW, and ultimately as an analyst at James Capel, the leading broking house of the time.
Andrew was listed in the Financial Times 2014 Top 100 list of LGBT Executives for his work in diversity in the workplace and considerable charity work in HIV support and awareness. He co-authored Tartanware, the definitive work on Scottish antiquities of the 19th Century.
Andrew holds a BSc Econ from University College Cardiff in Law and Accountancy.
Bill Peters, GFAA Special Advisor
Bill Peters is Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York Corporate Services group, previously Managing Director at the Staubach Company. He is a thirty year veteran of the financial and commercial real estate industries, with areas of expertise that include providing office tenant representation with a focus on technology firms (e-commerce, advertising, media and information services), and the financial services industry (asset managers, hedge funds, banks, investment banks, insurance).
Throughout his career, he has represented a wide variety of clients with requirements ranging from office relocations to multi-site portfolio strategy.
Prior, Mr. Peters worked in the investment management sector, with positions as Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch, Lebenthal & Co., and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
He is a New York native, and holds a BA in Business and Economics from Gettysburg College.
Dean Phelus, GFAA Judge
Dean Phelus is the Senior Director of Leadership Programs at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
In this capacity he oversees the editorial content for Museum magazine and a portfolio of programs and activities globally that foster a deeper understanding on best practices in museum programs and operations and the invaluable contribution museums make to society.
Prior to this position, he served for over a decade as director of the AAM annual meeting and professional development where he provided direction and oversight of the AAM annual meeting–the largest museum convening in the world, attracting 5,000-6,000 museum professionals from over 50 countries, and offering multilingual educational content in Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish—and other face-to-face and virtual professional development programs to strengthen core competencies in museum practice.
In his tenure he has had extensive exposure to numerous exhibitions in the US and around the world which have informed his thinking on exhibitions and the visitor experience.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, DC.
Betsie Piussan, GFAA Nominating Committee Chair
A native of New York, Betsie Piussan received a B.S. Degree from Stanford University in social sciences and second concentration in French. She also studied at l’Université de Paris and l’Ecole du Louvre.
She completed her MBA at NYU Graduate School of Business. After graduating, she worked for nine years at Republic National Bank of New York, specializing in international lending.
Mrs. Piussan subsequently founded her interior design firm, Bremer Designs, after earning a Design Certificate from New York School of Interior Design. She specializes in renovations in NYC, Westchester, Connecticut and The Hamptons.
A long-time resident of Manhattan, Mrs. Piussan currently resides in Miami Beach with her French husband and children.
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison Committee
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Senior Director at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, is an Italian architect and curator. He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, graduating with Honours in 2005.
After working at Herzog & de Meuron between 2005 and 2007, Rabolli Pansera returned to the Architectural Association to teach. He has lectured in Cagliari, Cambridge, Naples, Wuhan, Seoul, Rejkyavik and Madrid.
Alongside Paula Nascimento, Rabolli Pansera curated the first Angola Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and the Angola Pavilion at the 55th International Arts Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia, a project that won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
With Jonida Turani, Rabolli Pansera curated “Potential Monuments of Unrealized Futures”, the Albanian Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2014 and the Architectural Association in London in 2015.
Hedva Ser’s body of internationally recognized work includes tapestries, watercolors, and jewelry, but she is best known for her powerful sculptures. Ms. Ser’s monumental bronzes have become symbols of peace, tolerance, and intercultural outreach around the world.
Hedva Ser is one of Europe’s pioneers using art in the goal of creating social progress. Over the years, her work has provided focus and physical connection to her efforts to build peace through art.
Ms. Ser is the recipient of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres awarded by the French government.
In 2011, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, similarly honored Hedva Ser, naming her a UNESCO Artist for Peace.
Hedva speaks through her art with an eloquence that has placed her among the rare artists that has successfully brought people together to reflect and discuss some of the most difficult issues of our times, and continues to use her art to transmit the message of peace to new generations.
Through her exhibitions all over the world, Ms. Ser has placed her art at the service of peace, of which her monumental sculpture, ‘Tree of Peace,’ has become an emblem.
Lida Sherafatmand, GFAA Marketing Committee
Lida Sherafatmand is a fine artist and writer. Her paintings have been exhibited in 22 countries so far including 60 collective shows and 26 solo exhibitions. Since 2012 she has worked on a floral visual language which is what she coins as ‘florescencism’ today. Her essay on the artistic concept of ‘florescencism’ (2016) and interviews about it in have been published in English, Italian, Russian, Persian, and German. Besides painting Lida holds an M.A. in International Relations and has started a PhD in the subject of artists and international politics. She has delivered public talks on the academic research behind her art at conferences and academic institutes including the Radcliffe Harvard University, The London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Amsterdam, Roerich Family Museum and Institute in St Petersburg, and the Rotary Club among others.
Her art works have been cited and reviewed in art journals, art history academic dissertations, and journals of social science. Her upcoming academic book publications this year 2018 include: “Internal Worlds, External Relations- and Florescencism” , and “National Identity Seen Through Contemporary Peace Theories- Case Study: Iran under Ahmadinejad 2011-2012”.
Born in Iran in 1977 Lida lived life circumstances of war, revolution, and persecution, later on as refugee, statelessness, loss of wealth and poverty. Due to those experiences she feels a responsibility in her art works and writing to contribute to her surroundings. As quoted in an interview with The Guardian her motto in art is: “The more I hear violent news, the more I paint gentle flowers.”
Lawrence Shindell is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, LMI Group International, Inc., and former Chairman of ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, the title insurer to the global art industry.
Mr. Shindell is a lawyer by profession and holds licenses in a number of U.S. jurisdictions including admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He regularly advises, speaks and writes internationally on the legal title risks inherent in the global art and collectibles market for a range of industry stakeholders including the institutional commercial, not‐for‐profit, audit‐accountancy, legal advisory, financial services, D&O/E&O insurance and private equity and alternative asset investment fund sectors. Mr. Shindell has provided expert testimony of first‐impression in matters before the United States Tax Court on the interrelationship among legal title, valuation and tax questions involving tangible personal property.
LMI Group International, Inc., is a specialty firm that provides complex investment bank-like services to the international art industry primarily in the form of underwriting the market release of major orphaned artworks.
Peter Trippi, GFAA Advisory Board and Judge Emeritus
Peter Trippi is Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, the bimonthly magazine that serves collectors of historical and contemporary representational painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints.
He is also president of Projects in 19th-century Art, Inc., the firm he established to pursue a range of research, writing, and curating opportunities.
Trippi holds a MA from New York University in Visual Arts Administration, as well as a MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
As director of New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, Trippi guided its renovation of the former IBM Gallery and presentation of nine exhibitions of 19th-century European art. In 2002, Phaidon Press published Trippi’s 250-page monograph J W Waterhouse, which reassesses the Victorian painter and Royal Academician best known for his Lady of Shalott at Tate Britain. Trippi went on to guest-curate the Waterhouse retrospective that appeared at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
He recently co-curated a touring exhibition about the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, which opened in 2016 at the Fries Museum, in the artist’s Dutch native city, Leeuwarden and traveled to several additional locations. In 2013, Trippi completed a two-year term as president of the nonprofit organization Historians of British Art, and then became president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art.